Rick Minter focused on bowl game

UK's new co-defensive coordinator, Rick Minter, spoke with KSR's Larry Vaught. Minter is currently focused on preparing the defense for Pittsburgh in the BBVA Compass Bowl, and not on installing the defense Kentucky fans will see next season.

Rick Minter is concerned about what will work best for Kentucky's defense against Pittsburgh Jan. 8, not what might work best months from now.

He was recently hired as UK's co-defensive coordinator with Steve Brown, but coach Joker Phillips made it clear the former Cincinnati head coach will be in charge of the day-to-day operations and game planning.

"I am worried more about what we do than how it stacks up against what we are going to see. I want to use our offense as the judge and see where we are defensively," Minter said. "We are kind of doing this thing in phases and we are kind of in the fall camp mentality right now. We are getting our guys to go four or five hard days in a row, give them a break and then we come back and really close in on game week preparation. Then we go to a bowl and polish everything.

"It's not a matter about beating Pitt right now. It's making sure we don't beat ourself right now. That's where we are in our sequence."

Minter says he's trying to also find time to connect with UK's recruits on the defensive side who have committed to UK or are still on UK's recruiting board.

"Right now that is not my ultimate priority. I have had a chance in our two recruiting weekends to get to know the kids that may or may not be here. I will get names and phone numbers, but I am struggling to know the ones on the team, not the ones who are going to be on the team. I am worried about recruiting the Cats we have on scholarship now, not the ones I have been promised are coming," Minter said.

"In this day and age, recruiting is so expedited. I can't speak to how many commitments we have, but we are far along in the process as everything now just gets more and more advanced. Not too far from now we will be worried about the 2012 class. Maybe we will have more input as new coaches on the new board that comes up next spring than the one in existence now that we are near to closing out."

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